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For Every Storm, A Rainbow

November 13, 2012

When I was six years old, my family home caught fire. We escaped out an upstairs window, climbing onto the sundeck and then dropping what seemed an interminable distance to the ground below where people wrapped us in blankets. There were firemen there, and firetrucks, and lots of people standing, in their nightclothes, at the [...]

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Hurricane Sandy, In Numbers

November 7, 2012

The week of Hurricane Sandy, in numbers: Days that I was more or less trapped in an apartment with two small children: 7 Days that it took before I cracked open the bourbon: < 1 Days it took for me to finish the bourbon: > 1 Bags of Halloween candy consumed: 4 Bags of Halloween [...]

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On The Wing Of The Heavy Gales (A Storm, In Three Acts)

October 30, 2012

Yesterday, before the storm. Yesterday, on the brink of the storm. Today, watching the storm recede. (The Freedom Tower, finally visible again in the distance. Emilia: “Mommy, the clouds are letting us see the city again.” Yes. This.)

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On Murders And Mother-Love And The Bearable Weight Of Fear

October 27, 2012

I read the story of the nanny murders yesterday morning, at about 4:30am, just after I’d hopped in a town car to get to La Guardia for an early flight to Houston. I had, only minutes before, snuck into the dark of my childrens’ bedroom and kissed their foreheads and whispered goodbyes – softly, quietly, [...]

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A List Is A Wish The Left Side Of Your Brain Makes

October 22, 2012

So, this happened. TIME named this blog to its list of the 25 best blogs of 2012. Which, yes, I am totally bragging about, because I can. And because blogging for me has, this year, been a little bit harder than it has in previous years, and this feels all the sweeter for coming on [...]

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Why I Vote

October 19, 2012

I’m not voting in the upcoming presidential election. There’s a simple reason for that: I can’t. I’m Canadian. I’m what is sometimes referred to as a ‘foreign national.’ I live in the United States, and I work in the United States, and I’m raising my kids in the United States, but I am not a [...]

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The Mom Avoids The Picture

October 15, 2012

You’ll find almost no pictures of me on this site. There’s one on my About page, of course, and two or three of me speaking (although at least one of those is of my shoes), but otherwise, I’m nowhere, visually, to be found. This, even though I’ve posted thousands of photos here. Thousands. The thing [...]

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Why Your Phone Is Your Best (Photographic) Friend: Photo-Editing Edition

October 5, 2012

I make no secret of the fact that I love the camera on my iPhone. Nor do I make a secret of the fact that I love photo-editing apps, and that I regard off-phone photo-capturing and editing as so 2010. I mean, I don’t disdain off-phone photography – I still love my Nikon DSLR, very [...]

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On Life, And Its Limits, And The Occasion of Tanner’s 13th Birthday

October 1, 2012

From my sister, on Tanner’s 13th birthday, which is today: Tanner is 13 today and with each passing year it gets closer… yes, birthdays are a happy occasion but for some of us, there is a clock that shadows it. He has been sick this past week, a simple cold most children get over in [...]

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The Boy Inside The Man

September 22, 2012

Sixteen years ago, I married the man that this boy became. Sixteen years later, I love him for the man that he is, and the boy that he will always be. Love you, dork.  

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